Dan Gilbert on Happiness and Bad Decisions

Happiness is something we all want even if we can only admit it secretly.  It’s also the first thing most parents wish for their kids.  So why do we make so many bad decisions, if being happy is our main goal ?

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself.  Watch through to the end for an interesting Q&A.

In his 35 minute Ted Talk, Gilbert purports,”Our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong .

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Dan Gilbert is also the author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” which challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want.

Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.


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